Lenovo's $299 Mirage Camera streams 180-degree VR video to YouTube

Lenovo's $299 Mirage Camera streams 180-degree VR video to YouTube

Lenovo's $299 Mirage Camera streams 180-degree VR video to YouTube

Previous Google Daydream headsets required the use of a compatible phone installed in them.

All we know is that it will be "affordable", apparently.

As for the specs, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is pretty powerful.

Our hands-on time with the Mirage Solo was limited, but it was more than enough to be impressed with what Lenovo and Google have accomplished.

The game is one of the first to take advantage of WorldSense, Google's new position tracking tech that works without any external sensors. Similar to the Vive and the Oculus Rift, the headset also includes 6DoF functionality, which means a user can virtually move behind items in the space, or look around an object, ZDNet reported.

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Google announced VR180 past year at its IO conference. WorldSense lets you duck, dodge and lean, and to step backwards, forwards, and side to side, unlocking new gameplay elements that bring the virtual world to life. And from there you can view it in the Daydream View, or if you have the Mirage Solo, you can pop out the micro SD card (a good reason to use a micro SD card versus the internal storage) and put it into the Mirage Solo and view your content.

With a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on board, as well as a 2560 x 1440 pixel display inside across both eyes, it sounds a lot like a typical 2017 flagship phone. The Lenovo Mirage Camera, as it's called, has two fisheye cameras that record super-wide-angle 3D footage.

"Since most headsets bear an excess of weight towards the front, we engineered the headset for a more even load distribution and balance to reduce strain on the wearer", Lenovo said. The area that touches your face and forehead is a soft breathable padding with comfort in mind.

The Mirage Solo also has built-in casting support, so you can stream your virtual experiences to your TV for friends and family to follow along.

The device comes with a wireless Daydream controller, "which acts as a unique and intuitive extension of your hand". For example, Lenovo says that you can use it as a baseball bat or a steering wheel in certain virtual reality scenarios. Oculus is working on a positionally-tracked headset, currently code-named Santa Cruz, which also will have tracked controllers that will help deliver experiences more comparable to what's possible on high-end headsets now. The camera, also built in partnership with Google, is created to make it easy to shoot VR photos and videos. Lenovo promises that a suite of apps will be coming soon to expand the platform, though that will happen closer to the device's release in the second quarter.

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